Captain, officers of Sima Sapphire held accountable for collision

The captain and two officers of the Singapore Cargo Ship ‘Sima Sapphire’ have been held accountable for the collision with a Vietnamese fishing vessel on September 16, which left three people dead and five others still reported missing.

Sima Sapphire Ship (Photo: SGGP)

A representative from Vung Tau Maritime Port Administration announced they had recovered data from the ship’s black box which incriminated the crew of the Singapore Cargo Ship.

Two officers of the ship were negligent and did not issue a warning when the fishing boat was coming nearer. The second officer was primarily responsible for the accident as he was on duty at the time when the collision took place.

Le Van Chien, Director of Vung Tau Maritime Port Administration, said they are still keeping the ship’s black box to continue decoding data before and after the accident.

The Singaporean ship owner has to complete documents and then pay a required deposit before the ship will be released to go on to Malaysia.

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By Hoai Nam, Nguyen Duy – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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